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I've been meaning to write about this great post by Holden Lewis of Bankrate.com because he serves up a tremendously appropriate analogy about today's mortgage financing system and how it's just not designed for stormy weather. I'm not an advocate of change for the sake of change, or having an it...
01/10/2011
Lori Crawford is a well respected Florida Realtor with an extraordinary reputation. She specializes in Pinellas and Pasco counties. Since I believe in the "boots on the ground perspective" for a dose of reality in today's market place, I asked her to provide her state of the market assessment. Pl...
01/04/2011
This may sound like I am blowing my own horn, when in actuality I'm giving props to everyone involved in one of my last transactions. First of all, we got a condo financed and to the closing table in thirty days. And you know what made that happen besides the borrower's credit score? Every single...
12/29/2010
We've talked a lot about FHA and FHA in relation to Florida condo financing, and condo financing as it relates to FHA approvals and Florida condo mortgages...and round and round we go. Well, once again, we've got the two sharing a headline as a bunch of current FHA approvals are set to expire sho...
12/20/2010
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You know?? Before starting this post (to cite the opinion of someone who agrees with me!), I thought that I should perhaps give equal time to citing opinions of people who don't agree with me. But that's what blogs are for, right? This is my air time and while sometimes I feel I may be operating ...
12/15/2010
Because you guys know I have issues with all the bad information that gets dumped on the public...I am stepping away from the keyboard and joining some knowledgeable local resources for a forum to present the facts about Tampa Bay real estate. We will be covering such topics as: The Top Ten Real ...
12/14/2010
Despite my weekly laments about the Florida mortgages industry and the challenges of the various obstacles, it's my job and I love it. And after a crazy day of sparring matches with underwriters and all the closing table dramas, I get to go home to an incredible wife and two kids who just get fun...
12/10/2010
You don't have to ride Aerosmith's Rock N Roller Coaster at Disney Hollywood Studios if you want to accelerate from 0 to 57 mph in just 2.8 seconds; you can just watch the mortgage interest rates in any given day if you want a true thrill ride. (Well, that's a slight exaggeration, but you get my ...
12/07/2010
It's sort of a love/hate thing with mortgages in Tampa Bay. The hate part is because it can be tough on people who don't listen to their mortgage banker; rugs get pulled out from under all the time when you're not forthcoming about your credit history. But ya gotta love it when all the china mana...
11/30/2010
I am fond of saying that as mortgage bankers in Tampa Bay we make mortgages, and that doesn't necessarily mean we make sense. I serve as an intermediary between the home buyer and underwriters who hold the keys to the kingdom. Believe me, I know what they are looking for and I know how to be proa...
11/24/2010
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